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New School oral history program ➔ Audio interview with William Havemeyer

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New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections (publisher)
William E. Havemeyer (interviewee)
Wendy Scheir (interviewer)
Silvia Rocciolo (interviewer)


September 14 2016


In this audio interview with New School Art Collection curator Silvia Rocciolo and archivist Wendy Scheir, William Havermeyer discusses his forty years as a member of The New School's Board of Trustees. Havemayer reveals how an early engagement with Brooklyn and New York City politics led to him being asked to join the Board. He then discusses the development of the Board, commenting on how it expanded in both size and scope as The New School changed institutionally. He talks about such pivotal changes as the revitalization of the Graduate Faculty under President Jonathan Fanton and the establishment of Eugene Lang College in the 1980s. Also included is an extensive discussion of The New School Art Collection. Havemeyer reflects on the origins, under Vera List, of the school's art collection, the negotiations with Mexico over the José Clemente Orozco murals, and the role of art collecting at the university. Haverymeyer also considers his time as the head of Parsons Paris, and the steps he took to make it a financially solvent institution.





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